Hirata
Satoshi Hirata

Professor, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University

What are human beings?

What are human beings? What are minds that question about human beings? Starting with such questions, I have entered into the academic world to study nonhuman primates from comparative cognitive perspectives. The main target of my research is the chimpanzee, one of the closest living relatives of humans, since my graduate course. I would like to explore the evolution of human mind through the investigation of social intelligence in great apes. In addition to the research, we are engaged in activities to enhance the welfare of captive individuals at Kumamoto Sanctuary, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, located in Uki city, Kumamoto prefecture.

Selected publication

 
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Original articles (peer-reviewed)

Books

  • Hirata, S. & Mizuno, Y. (2011) Animal toying. In: T. Matsuzawa, T. Humle, & Y. Sugiyama (eds.) The chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba: A cultural primatology (pp. 137-144). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
  • Hirata, S. & Hayashi, M. (2011) Emergence of stone tool use by captive chimpanzees. In: T. Matsuzawa, T. Humle, & Y. Sugiyama (eds.) The chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba: A cultural primatology ( pp. 183-191). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
  • Hirata, S., Morimura, N., & Fuwa, K. (2010)  Intentional communication and comprehension of the partner’s role in experimental cooperative tasks. In. E. V. Lonsdorf, S. R. Ross, & T. Matsuzawa (eds.), The mind of the chimpanzees: ecological and experimental perspectives (pp. 251-264). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Hirata, S. (2008) Communication between mother and infant chimpanzees and its role in the evolution of social intelligence In: S. Itakura & K. Fujita.(eds). Origins of social mind: evolutionary and developmental views (pp. 21-38). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
  • Idani, G., and Hirata, S. (2006) Studies at the Great Ape Research Institute, Hayashibara. In: D. A. Washburn (Ed.), Primate perspectives on behavior and cognition (pp. 29-36). Washington: American Psychological Association.
  • Hirata, S. (2006) Tactical deception and understanding of others in chimpanzees. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 265-276). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
  • Hirata, S. (2006) Chimpanzee learning and transmission of tool use to fish for honey. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 201-213). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
  • Takeshita, H., Myowa-Yamakoshi, M., and Hirata, S. (2006) A new comparative perspective on prenatal motor behaviors: Preliminary research with four-dimensional (4D) ultrasonography. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 37-47). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
  • Inoue-Murayama, M., Hibino, E., Matsuzawa, T., Hirata, S., Takenaka, O., Hayasaka, I., Ito, S., and Murayama, Y. (2006) An application of a human personality test to chimpanzees and survey of polymorphism in genes relating to neurotransmitters and hormones. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (Eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 113-124). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
  • Foucart, J., Bril, B., Hirata, S., Morimura, N., Houki, C., Ueno, Y., & Matsuzawa, T. (2005) A preliminary analysis of nut-cracking movements in a captive chimpanzee: adaptation to the properties of tools and nuts. In: V. Roux and B. Bril (Eds.), Stone knapping: the necessary conditions for a uniquely hominid behavior (pp. 147-157). Cambride, UK:. McDonald Press.
  • Huffman, M. A., & Hirata, S. (2003) Biological and ecological foundations of primate behavioral tradition. In: D. Fragaszy & S. Perry (Eds.), The biology of traditions: models and evidence (pp. 267-296). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hirata, S., Watanabe, K., & Kawai, M. (2001) “Sweet-Potato Washing Revisited.” In T. Matsuzawa (ed.), Primate Origins of Human Cognition and Behavior (pp. 487-508). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.

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Contact Information

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Place of work
Kumamoto Sanctuary
Wildlife Research Center
Kyoto University
990 Otao, Misumi, Uki, Kumamoto 869-3201 Japan
Phone +81-964-34-1130
Fax +81-964-34-1131
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